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  • Article: Aug 27, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The letter by Sylvia Dyke on p29 of last week's Chronicle illustrates some of the fallacious reasons many used for voting Brexit all those years ago.

    Did she and others like her really think the EU would expedite our leaving and help to make it a rewarding venture?

    If the reasons for our "chaotic state" are not due to Brexit, it has played a significant role and could have been at least partly predicted.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2020
    By Clr Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for publishing my letter on page 24 of your edition dated 18th June 2020 calling on Cheshire East Council to follow the excellent example set by the Tatton Estate regarding their car park in Knutsford and provide an hour's free car parking to support our community and local businesses.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2020
    By Clr Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for your detailed and informative article on page 8 of your edition of June 25th 2020 about the issue of glyphosate.

    As you rightly state in your article, glyphosate, commonly known by brands such as Roundup, is a herbicide that is used to kill weeds and has been the subject of a number of debates about its safe use in public spaces.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2020
    By Clr Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In response to J.L. of Congleton whose letter was published on page 27 of your edition dated 25th June 2020, as one of the Congleton Town Councillors I feel I must make it very clear to J.L. and everyone else that the decision to take away the parking bays in Congleton had nothing to do with Congleton Town Council, its councillors or its officers but was a decision imposed without consultation by Cheshire East Highways.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to add my voice to those who have expressed good wishes and encouragement to the news that the football clubs in Congleton have merged to form one united, linear route for the youth to progress their football career.

    What especially interests me is the time and effort that has been expanded to achieve this objective.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With reference to your article in last week's Chronicle concerning the Government's media policy, I agree that it raises serious issues.

    It is at just those times when a free and unobstructed Press is necessary that this Government feels the need to restrict access to itself.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that a free Press is pivotal to a thriving democracy.

  • Article: May 23, 2020

    Dear Sir,

    With reference to your editorial in a recent Chronicle, the issue as I see it is that a wrong decision was made in 2016 and the political statements and policy since then have been more to do with justifying it than anything else and are likely to continue.

    Admittedly the decision was made by the British people and it is this that makes it so difficult to reverse.

  • Article: May 21, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to respond to Jenny Unsworth's letter in last week's Chronicle on Press accountability.

    She seems to think the Press's role in the Covid-19 pandemic is to report facts and support the Government.

    While agreeing to some extent, we also depend on a free Press to widen our knowledge and contribute to views.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In response to your plea for content in last week's Chronicle, I am happy to share my thoughts on the importance of testing in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

    I am no specialist and will gladly retract this letter in response to those more recently and closely involved in the virology and immunology of the infection.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While not in any way suggesting that the current government is in any way responsible for climate change or Covid 19, though it does share its part in the former it is easy to see how diversionary tactics might favour a hard Brexit, something apparently favoured by it.

    It is challenging enough as your editorial and Margaret Brown's letter in last week's Chronicle show to keep up with developments in one of these fields.